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Breeches buoy @ Lyle Gun

Breeches buoy-A  circular lifebuoy  used in days now past  by lifesaving crews to extract persons from wrecked vessels, usually a line is fired from a cannon onto the deck of the wrecked vessel.
Lyle Gun-
A line-throwing gun is a short-barreled cannon designed to fire a projectile attached to a rope to a boat or victim in distress
Faking Line Box - Board with spindles along the end  to keep the line fair and prevent fouling when projectile is shot  is fired  from the Lyle Gun 

 Lyle guns were designed to throw projectiles weighing approximately 18 pounds, carrying heavier rope to ranges as great as 700 yards.  Once the line was fired to the ship, shore crews sent out breeches buoy equipment and instructions to the stranded sailors.  Once the breeches buoy lines were assembled, the sailors could be removed from the vessel.

The firing of Lyle Gunship to the freighter J.R. Sensibar grounded in Lake Michigan December 1939 by the surf men of the U.S. Coast Guard, The projectiles with line attached is fired over the  stricken vessel , it is possible to effect a rescue without putting a rescue craft in the water and needlessly risking the lives of the rescuers. 

Freighter J.R. SENSIBAR shown grounded in Lake Michigan 4 miles South of Grand Haven. USCG personnel shown readying Breeches Buoy. Last time it was used in Great Lakes. Dec. 7, 1939

 


The 600 toot freighter J.R. SENSIBAR  was being towed into Grand Haven  Michigan when Gale forced wind broke an 8" hawser and set her adrift.

Lyle Gun-                                                                                          Faking Line Box

 

Lyle Cannon

The Lyle Gun Breeches Buoy Lifesaving System

 
 


 
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